After being shut out of the Los Angeles relocation the Oakland Raiders have still been looking for a new location. Eyes have been set on a spot on Las Vegas. Las Vegas Sands chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson wants to build a $1 billion domed stadium on the UNLV campus.
Addison and Raiders owner Mark Davis meet last week. Davis will not characterize or even acknowledge that the meet took place. Since rumors of the meting have rose the NFL issued a memo to all 32 teams.
“There have been reports over the last day about a proposal to construct a new stadium in Las Vegas in connection with a possible move of the Raiders to Las Vegas,” it read. “If your club owner or executives are asked about this, there is no need to comment. If any comment is offered, please keep the following points in mind:
1. All decisions regarding the location of teams are made by the full membership. Three-fourths of the member clubs must approve any team move.
2. No proposal made to the league. It would be speculative to suggest that your club would or would not support such a proposal. If such a proposal is made, it would be considered under the league’s relocation policies.
3. There is no prohibition under league rules on a team moving to any particular city. Any proposal for relocation would be evaluated based on the same standards as apply to any proposed move. Those standards are well-known, having just been applied in connection with relocation proposals to Los Angeles.”
There are concerns that the NFL doesn’t what to support a team moving to a city with legalized gambling. Davis’ lease with the Oakland Coliseum ends next month . He applied to move to Los Angeles but the league chose the Rams and the Chargers instead.
The Chargers officially announced Friday that they had reached an agreement with the Rams to share the Inglewood stadium project. The Chargers will stay in San Diego for the 2016 season which was said in a statement by Chargers chairmen Dean Spanos. This is to work on a long-term solution for a stadium to keep the team in town for a long time.